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US-Led Army Exercise ‘Rapid Trident 2014’ Underway in Ukraine

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Military personnel from 15 countries are participating in the annual US-led army exercises in Ukraine, which commenced Monday in the Lviv region, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry stated in a press release.

MOSCOW, September 15 (RIA Novosti) – Military personnel from 15 countries are participating in the annual US-led army exercises in Ukraine, which commenced Monday in the Lviv region, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry stated in a press release.

“In the next two weeks, soldiers will have to deal with explosive packages, fuses, mines and other simulation explosives. Servicemen should be able to practice how to act during blasting, safe distances during mine clearance, which signals should be given,” Ukrainian Defense Ministry cited lieutenant colonel from the Sahaydachniy Academy Yuri Ftemov.

The exercise will be conducted at the Yavoriv testing ground at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center (IPSC). During the two week exercise, the participants will deal with different kinds of explosive devices.

About 1,300 troops from 15 countries, including host nation Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the United States, as well as NATO observers are participating in Exercise Rapid Trident 2014.

Overall, almost 700 arms and 50 military and fighting vehicles will be used during the exercises. This year's exercise is the 12th version of Rapid Trident, which from 1998-2002 was known as Peace Shield.

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